In January 2018 I went on a sailing ship cruise through the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean with Sail Windjammer on the S/V Mandalay. Sint Maarten was the final stop of the cruise, coming from Saint Barthélemy. I spent a night in Philipsburg. Philipsburg is the main town of Sint Maarten. I rented a car in Philipsburg to drive around the island. It is easy to see most of the island in a day.

Sint Maarten occupies the southern part of the Sint Maarten/Saint Martin island. This island is the smallest island that is divided between two countries. Sint Maarten is an overseas possession of the Netherlands, Saint Martin is an overseas possession of France.

The island was hit pretty hard by Hurricane Irma in September 2017. When I visited the island in January 2018, there was still lots of damage visible. The Princess Juliane Airport was severely damaged, the airport building will have to be completely rebuilt.

Pictures of birds are on a separate page, combined for all the islands in the Caribbean:

Lesser Antilles Birds
Lesser Antilles Birds

Following are a few pictures from Sint Maarten.

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

Approaching Sint Maarten
Approaching Sint Maarten (667k)
Approaching Sint Maarten
Approaching Sint Maarten (746k)
Sint Maarten coast
Sint Maarten coast. (769k)
Sint Maarten coast
Sint Maarten coast. (861k)
View over Philipsburg
View over Philipsburg. (816k)
Philipsburg Harbor
View of Philipsburg Harbor with one of the huge cruise ships. In front of the cruise ship is the private yacht of one of the Russian oligarchs. To the right is the S/V Mandalay. (537k)
Philipsburg harbor
Philipsburg harbor. (609k)
Philipsburg harbor. (832k)
Beach promenade of Philipsburg
Beach promenade of Philipsburg. (788k)
Cobble street in downtown Philipsburg
Cobble street in downtown Philipsburg. (772k)
An old airplane fuselage, used as a restaurant. Here too you can see severe damage from the hurricane. (610k)
Damage from Hurricane Irma
Damage from Hurricane Irma. (724k)
Damages ships from Hurricane Irma
Damaged ships from Hurricane Irma. (880k)
Damaged government building
Damaged government building. (722k)
Damaged car
There were LOTS of cars with broken rear windows. I assume that is damage from the hurricane. (930k)

The total number of pictures online on my website from Sint Maarten is 15

Page last updated on Sun Aug 14 01:31:41 2022 (Mountain Standard Time)

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